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The Fine Art of Surfacing [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Boomtown Rats, Boomtown Rats Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00076SJPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Someone's Looking At You 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Diamond Smiles 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero) 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Having My Picture Taken 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sleep (Fingers Lullaby) 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Don't Like Mondays (Album Version) 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nothing Happened Today 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Keep It Up 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Nice N Neat 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. When The Night Comes 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Episode #3 1:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Real Different (B-side) 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. How Do You Do ? 2:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Late Last Night (B-side) 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Nothing Happened Today (Live In Cardiff) 3:440.99  Buy MP3 

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Chock full of new-wave charisma and tamed by Bob Geldof's up-front wit, The Fine Art of Surfacing is novel in both its lyrical flair and modern pounce. Made famous by the colourful history of "I Don't Like Mondays", a true story about a 13-year-old girl who shot 11 people without showing any remorse, The Fine Art of Surfacing switches gears from this song's well-crafted harshness to the hectic pace of tracks such as "Nice N' Neat" and "Sleep", among others. "Diamond Smiles" jaunts along on a hiccup-like rhythm, while "Keep It Up" is downright frantic. "Someone's Looking at You" basks in a certain type of smug paranoia, and songs like "Having My Picture Taken" and "Nothing Happened Today" are beautifully lit up by Geldof's wide-eyed dramatics and explicit vocal swings. Sharing the same sort of stylishness as A Tonic for the Troops, The Fine Art of Surfacing bursts with florid pop genius, which in turn kept the Boomtown Rats from sounding like other new wave bands that existed at the time. --Mike DeGagne, All Music Guide

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds even better 30 years on 21 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Fine Art of Surfacing was the first serious album I ever bought when I was about 8 years old and soon after I bought FAoS I went out and bought the prior two albums and then bought Mondo Bongo as soon as it was released, so for me Bob was 'Sir Bob' even before he invented Live Aid. I probably wore all 4 albums out and then forgot about them as 'cooler' synth bads emerged.

Listening to this CD now, however, it hasn't aged at all. I have so I'll try and avoid writing anything pretentious. The songs are as punchy, tuneful, memorable, catchy and as finely crafted as anything else I've ever listened to and the ability of the band is even better than I recall which gives the whole album a togetherness that's an utter joy and delight to listen to.

Totally brilliant from beginning to end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the rats at their best 16 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album really is the Rats at their very best. It features the number one single I Don,t like Mondays but even better than that When the night comes with its epic guitar solo which really is unforgetable and a real album high light.
Their are several other songs that could easly have been hit singles, keep it up,featured on the Kenny Everitt show, Nice N Neat, Nothing Happened today with its Henry Hooper tag line,this really is one of the most under rated albums of the time and one the Rats would never surpass. EXCELLENT
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SURFACING 11 April 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fine art of surfacing 13 May 2014
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Still own the original on vinyl - but so much more convenient on CD. Nice to have some bonus tracks - brings back great memories of my teen years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back 19 Feb 2014
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The Boomtown Rats at their finest. Nostalgia for the over 50's. Excellent. Suddenly I'm a teenager again, being a punk in a non aggressive way. Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an album! 22 Oct 2013
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Well it was an album when I owned this! Fabulous CD - as said by other reviewers - it really is a must have. I now have all the Rats first 3 CD's in the remaster series. Tonic was always my favourite but this has taken over. Usuall tracks and a clutch of extra tracks. A great cd, along with first 2, to get if you are lucky enough to see the Rats on tour in 2013 as a reminder of how good they really were / are! Also a free MP3 rip to keep you going until the CD drops thru your letter box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good remaster of a classic late 70s album 17 Sep 2013
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When I bought this originally on vinyl I sold it on when I was a hard-up student, as I didn't think it was as good as 'A Tonic For The Troops'. However, on listening to it over three decades later it is easily as good as 'Tonic', apart from the awful 'Episode #3' - what where they thinking?

The remaster is a really good one to my ears - the bass is tight and controlled and it hasn't been compressed beyond all recognition to make it seem loud. Considering the master tapes are so old, it's a great job.

Well worth a purchase for those of us of a certain age, ie the age that grew up in the 70s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The classic must have for Rats Fans 5 Jun 2013
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I can't think of an album that I am more pleased to have purchased on CD, I bought the cassette in 1979, and wore it out. I got a vinyl copy in the mid eighties and said to myself, 'while it still plays I won't go digital' convinced that the reproduction would not do justice to the rebellious Rats. How wrong, the CD which I bought came in a card outer sleeve around a normal CD plastic box, on the sleeve a sticker proclaimed 'definitive remasters', for once this was true, every track is sharp, clear and fresh. I could not pick a favourite song, I just enjoy them all and hope you will too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fine art of songwriting
This was the first album I ever bought. I cannot praise it highly enough. It has not aged at all...catchy, punchy, tuneful, great lyrics....what's not to like ?! GO BUY IT !
Published 16 months ago by GazM
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Album
Takes me back 30 years or so and every track is exciting, energetic and vibrant. The Rats at their very best. Why did i ever sell my original copy???
Published 20 months ago by Kevin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! !
I first heard this album in 1979 wen my mum bort it on vinyl because she liked ' I dont like Mondays', i played it 4 her afew times then took it to my bedroom & she never saw it... Read more
Published 23 months ago by sabrinacat
5.0 out of 5 stars The peak of the Rats, angry, eloquent, and highly listenable
This is a very good album indeed. And it really has not aged - if someone was writing exactly these songs now, they would be massive hits.
Published on 11 July 2011 by bmju
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories
I was a big fan in younger days.. Bought this on vinyl when it came out still sounds just as good
Published on 28 April 2011 by The Exile
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I used to own this on vinyl and hadn't heard the album for years. Was immediately transported back to the 80's and sang along all the way through the album - oh the memories....
Published on 13 Jan 2011 by Lorraine Westall
5.0 out of 5 stars Still just as good
I bought this album back in 1979 on cassette, it was awesome then it still is now, except that now it has extra tracks on.
Published on 27 Oct 2010 by Mark Kaye
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